Would you like to know more about why Bergen is a maritime city and why Norway is a seafaring nation? Then you should visit the Bergen Maritime Museum.
Norway is the gateway to the North and named after the coastline and sea route that have influenced life and culture for thousands of years. The Bergen Maritime Museum gives you an excellent opportunity to explore one of the world’s leading maritime nations.
The port of Bergen has always been in the center of Norwegian shipping. A visit to the Bergen Maritime Museum is therefore an ideal way to learn about Norway’s rich maritime history. The exhibitions are built up chronologically and are easy to follow, from the Viking Age to the present time. They tell the story of Norway`s relation with the sea throughout the years. The collections include impressive models, full-size boats, archaeological artefacts and exciting objects from daily life, which all tell their own stories about life at sea.
As an extra bonus, the museum building (1962) is an architectural gem, offering a lot of open space. You can even relax on the “promenade deck” with an excellent view of the modern part of Bergen harbour. Even people unfamiliar with boats and life at sea will find this museum fascinating!
We welcome you to a beautiful, bright and friendly museum.
Guided tours in English are available on weekdays from 24 June to 14 August.
A film is shown in English and Norwegian in the auditorium.
Want to learn more? In the museum library, you will find literature on shipping, which is hard to find elsewhere in the Nordic countries. Books may only be read in the reading room.
Open weekdays 11.00-15.00. Closed 11.30-12.00
Kids can go hunting for “ship rats”.
Do you want to draw some sketches while here? Borrow the necessary equipment from us.
Within walking distance from downtown Bergen, 15 min. from Torgallmenningen square. Behind St. John’s Church (red church).
Bus numbers: e.g. 4, 5, 6, 12, 50E.
Bus stop: Møhlenpris
Sightseeing Bergen’s hop-on hop-off bus.